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Mr Early Years

I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!

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I am a Reception Teacher and a Forest School Practitioner. Using my experience from a range of schools in England and Sweden, I have decided to compile a bank of my own resources and lesson plans which I have used over the years. I particularly enjoy working in the great outdoors with children and I am passionate about play based learning, especially outside!
Intervention Planning for Early Years.  Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing.
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Intervention Planning for Early Years. Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing.

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This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and annotate notes to support further development including the children's next steps. These activities are designed for children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements
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Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements

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Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more 'personal' report. Please leave a review and/or follow me!
EYFS Resources Bundle
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EYFS Resources Bundle

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EYFS Assessment pack including: A long Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing simple. A Reading Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing reading simple. Numeracy Assessment Grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in Numeracy Phonics/Literacy Assessment grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in phonics A shape assessment grid for recording children's knowledge of simple 2d shapes. Characteristics of Effective Learning: Bank of Statements Complete your characteristics of effective learning easily with these ready-made statements which have been differentiated for the low, medium and high attaining child. Simply copy and paste the statements which most resemble the child in question and edit accordingly. These statements will also prompt you with ideas for completing your more 'personal' report. Outdoor Learning Forest School (Complete set of Activities) 6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children. Intervention Planning for Early Years. Targeted Support for Finger Gym, Numeracy and Writing: This complete intervention pack includes activities for finger gym, numeracy, and writing. It is designed for support staff (LSAs and TAs) to grab and deliver targeted support without the stress of them having to plan it. It is also great for NQTs or new to Early Years teachers! This complete pack is organized in such a way to allow the person delivering the interventions to list the children involved and anno Early Years Classroom Design (Setting up your Classroom) This resources will suggest ideas for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on continuous provision and aimed especially to support NQTs and new to reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed where. FREE: An 'All About Me' booklet to send home to your parents for the children to complete and return. Playdough Leaflet: Ideas for parents
Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities
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Outdoor Learning Forest School Complete Set of Activities

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6 Lesson Plans/Activities including Art with Natural Resources, Bug Hunt, Building a Bug Hotel, An Introduction to Fire, Cooking on an Open Fire, and Small World Story Making with Faries (Fairy World). Also included is a Risk Assessment for having a fire and an Introduction to Forest School. This is an ideal introduction to get you on your way to confidently leading a group of children outside. The activities are designed for children from Reception up to Year 2 but they can easily be adapted for Nursery and older year groups. Please be aware, these are designed for teachers and are there to be interpreted. True Forest School does not follow lesson plans. These resources are designed to give ideas and act as a back up for the practitioner to deliver a catalyst and prompts for learning whilst being prepared to follow the children in their learning journey! Forest School should be led by the children.
Early Years Classroom Design (Back to School Resources for EYFS Continuous Provision)
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Early Years Classroom Design (Back to School Resources for EYFS Continuous Provision)

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Back to School! This resources will suggest ideas for resources in curriculum areas around your classroom. With a focus on continuous provision, this resources will tell you what should be available for the children in areas such as the reading area, creative area, sensory area etc. Aimed especially to support NQTs and new to reception teachers, this resource will save you heaps of time planning what resources are needed where. FREE: An on-entry assessment for numeracy FREE: An ‘All About Me’ booklet to send home to your parents for the children to complete and return. Back to School!
Letter to Parents explaining Forest School (Outdoor Learning)
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Letter to Parents explaining Forest School (Outdoor Learning)

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A letter to send home to parents for children chosen to take part in Forest School. This letter is in WORD format to enable you to edit easily. The letter informs the parents that a series of Forest School sessions are planned to take place and explains using clear simple language, what Forest School is. This letter also contains a permission slip for parents to authorize their child to take part.
Observation and Assessment Pack (EYFS)
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Observation and Assessment Pack (EYFS)

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Included in this bundle is: A long Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing simple. A Reading Observation Proforma with key prompts to make observing reading simple. Numeracy Assessment Grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in Numeracy Phonics/Literacy Assessment grid for recording on-entry baseline and termly progress in phonics A shape assessment grid for recording children's knowledge of simple 2d shapes.
Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (d)
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Phonics Letters and Sounds Homework Sheet (d)

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A homework sheet for children to identify the sound and write CVC and CVCC words. The illustrations guide the child and the writing frames assist with their independent segmentation of the words. This sheet can be used as a homework or classroom activity and suits as an additional activity to Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Read Write Inc. (RWI) etc. Suitable for EYFS Reception and/or Year 1.
Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)
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Early Years Maths & Fine Motor Development ideas with Playdough (Play Doh)

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A 4-page leaflet comprising a bank of activities for teachers, support staff, childminders and parents to engage with their child to help their learning. The activities all involve using playdough to help the child develop in the key areas of learning such as Speaking & Listening, Mathematics, Personal, Social and Emotional Development etc. The leaflet is extremely useful for parents of children in EYFS and Year 1. The leaflet also serves to assist planning in the classroom and can be particularly useful for teaching assistants when leading intervention groups.
Child Observation: A Learning Story (EYFS)
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Child Observation: A Learning Story (EYFS)

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A lesson observation sheet for EYFS (Nursery and Reception). I have called this a Learning Story as it allows the observer to write down exactly what is happening with a view of recording the learning. There is an extensive bank of prompts on the sheet to make observing easy for the assistant (LAS or TA) as well as the teacher. The prompts include "Is the child interested?", "Does the child take turns?", "Does the child express needs and feelings in an appropriate way?" etc. This helps to guide the observer to spot achievements and challenges for the child. On the reverse of the sheet, the Characteristics of Effective Learning prompts are listed in a clear easy to read table for easy observing.
Reading Observation Sheet with Prompts (EYFS)
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Reading Observation Sheet with Prompts (EYFS)

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An observation sheet especially tailored to reading. With this sheet, you can observe the child during an adult led guided reading session or during independent child-led reading. The sheets contain an extensive range of prompts to guide the observer which makes observing quick and easy!
Outdoor Writing Challenge: Early years/ Kindergarten handwriting Sheet 2
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Outdoor Writing Challenge: Early years/ Kindergarten handwriting Sheet 2

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A simple writing challenge for your Reception children. This independent activity challenges the child to first locate the items on the sheet, which they have great fun doing with their friends, and then write down their name. There is guidance for letter formation included. For best results, provide a clipboard with interesting fancy pens!
Measuring Pumpkins for Halloween
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Measuring Pumpkins for Halloween

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A complete lesson plan and activity for teaching Reception children about measurement. The lesson plan guides you with teaching how to estimate and find out by measuring with interlocking cubes (ideal units for young children). It also teaches children positional and mathematical language when, for example, identifying position and comparing in relation to the other (bigger than, the same as, next to) Areas of Learning/ Learning Objectives are included to show what the children are learning from this plan. The Areas of Learning are taken from Development Matters.
Halloween: EYFS Pumpkin Pancakes
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Halloween: EYFS Pumpkin Pancakes

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A complete lesson plan and activity for baking Pumpkin Pancakes! This is suitable for Nursery, Reception and Year 1 children. The lesson plan first guides you with teaching a carpet session on baking, discussing the ingredients and process with the children. Areas of Learning/ Learning Objectives are included to show what the children are learning from this plan. However, these are just examples as there are many Learning Objectives which could be applicable. The Areas of Learning are taken from Development Matters.
Bug Hotel.  Outdoor Learning Forest School Building a Home for Insects
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Bug Hotel. Outdoor Learning Forest School Building a Home for Insects

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Everything you need to create your own bug hotel! This lesson plan clearly presents how to easily build your own bug hotel while teaching children the importance of garden wildlife. The Bug Hotel lesson plan remains within the Forest School ethos and focuses on the social and emotional aspects of learning. The Bug Hotel lesson plan can be adapted to suit a Maths, Science or Forest School lesson. The Bug Hotel lesson plan is recommended for children in Nursery, Reception and Key Stage 1.
Forest School Outdoor Learning Introduction
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Forest School Outdoor Learning Introduction

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An introduction to gardening through a forest school ethos. This lesson plan contains games (warm up activities) to promote language, literacy and confidence. It contains challenges to promote resilience and confidence and an activity to develop an awareness and respect of/for nature. The lesson/activity is planned for around 2 hours.
Forest School: An Introduction to Making a Fire
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Forest School: An Introduction to Making a Fire

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This lesson plan/ activity will guide you through having a fire with your children. It is intended for children aged 4-8 but can easily be extended for slightly elder children. The activity follows the Forest School approach to fire making and is an ideal means to introduce fire to children. the fire making is in a Kelly Kettle (Storm Kettle) and the plan guides you through the process of getting the children involved (gathering fuel) in order to boil water for their own hot chocolate! I have found this to be one of the most enjoyable sessions taught outdoors but I recommend it only be carried out when the practitioner has complete confidence in the behaviour of the chidlren. This suits nicely towards the end of a series of Forest School sessions and feeds beautifully into cooking on an open fire, which should follow the following week as a means of extending and imbedding the learning.
All About Me.  Booklet to go home for parents.  EYFS
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All About Me. Booklet to go home for parents. EYFS

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A booklet to send home to your parents during the first week of school. This booklet will serve as a great transition between the home and school for the child as it will allow them to draw pictures and (with help from an adult) answer the questions about themselves such as what they can do and what they like to play with. This All About Me booklet serves September well as generally, EYFS classrooms focus on learning about ourselves and each other. This gives each child a great opportunity to stand up and present their completed booklet and talk about it (themselves)